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GE14: Even PAS can't save Umno this time

Liew Chin Tong  |  Published:  |  Modified:

COMMENT | MCA president Liow Tiong Lai and his deputy president Wee Ka Siong have gone on a media campaign claiming that DAP is out to “eliminate” MCA and therefore Chinese voters should “save” MCA in order to have “checks and balances”.

To “save” MCA? What about saving Malaysia? Why didn’t they talk about “checks and balances” regarding the extensive power of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak which he clearly abused, especially in the case of the handling of the 1MDB scandals, thereby making Malaysians suffer?

Wee went even further to argue that DAP is seeking to replace MCA as a partner to Umno in government. This is ridiculous. MCA’s argument is premised upon the idea that the Umno ship would never sink.

Perhaps they don’t realise that Umno is struggling and that no one has ruled out the possibility of Umno’s defeat in the coming 14th general election.

Umno won 88 seats in the 2013 general election, of which 14 are in Sabah and one in Labuan. The remaining 73 parliamentary seats are in the peninsula.

Najib and Umno’s popularity have plummeted since 2015. Most serious pollsters and commentators put Umno’s support among the Malay voters now at around 40 percent, a 20 percent drop from where it was in the 2013 general election.

Umno’s only saviour is PAS. Some pollsters opine that in a three-cornered fight scenario, if the PAS support base doesn’t shrink or if voters who hate Najib shift their votes to PAS, Umno may prevail as the victor. But both are very big “ifs”.

PAS’ base has clearly shrunk, or otherwise PAS would not have to worry about a possible defeat in Kelantan. Voters who hate Najib are likely also aware that PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang is doing Najib’s bidding.

No one should take voters for granted. Never assume that voters can be fooled by three-cornered fight strategies that would keep both Umno and Najib in power...

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